By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier In the wine industry, you think of Argentina and you immediately think Malbec. Fair enough. It has become the country’s signature grape. However Malbec’s origins are in France’s southwest region of Cahors where it is known as Cot or Auxerrois. The grape remains one of the six “allowable” grapes in Bordeaux, but it was almost completely wiped out in the mid 1900’s by the insect Phylloxera. Enter stage left; Argentina!
Roll Out The Barrel By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier “Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.” -Joyce Kilmer I doubt Joyce Kilmer was thinking of wine barrels when he wrote his eponymous poem Trees. But even in the wine world, there is nothing lovelier or more overlooked than a tree. And making the right tree into wine barrels has more to do with the quality of the wine
The Ultimate Easter Wine: Lacryma Christi By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier There are Easter wines and then there are EASTER wines! For your Easter table why not quaff the ultimate Easter wine? Lacryma Christi, literally the “Tears of Christ”, is a blend of Piedirossa and Sciascinoso grapes. DNA analysis performed on the residue in ancient casks proves that it is the nearest equivalent to modern day wine which was drunk by the romans. There are two
Ordering Wine at a Restaurant By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier No matter if the wine list is a single page or a leather bound book, ordering wine at a restaurant shouldn’t be intimidating at all…in fact, it can be fun! First, know that a bottle has five 5-ounce glasses in it and should serve three people (ok, not if I am one of those three, but I’ll continue). Ask around the table who is drinking
By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Many people make resolutions at the start of a new year but so few of us keep them. Maybe your unrealistic goals should be replaced with something that is totally enjoyable…like drinking more wine! Here are 5 resolutions that will sure to make 2017 a banner year. 1) Try a new grape variety Even the most ardent wine geek can find themselves drinking the same 5 or 6 wine varietals.
The name Champagne is so branded that it has become a catch-all for all sparkling wine, much to the great chagrin of France. They do have a point…Champagne is a place. If it’s not made in that place it’s not Champagne. Now there are a lot of “sparkling wines”, and some are very good, but the process of making real Champagne differs from them. Without going into the entire process, it involves a secondary fermentation
By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Wine makes the perfect gift for a number of reasons. You can buy a good bottle to fit any budget. It has a wide age-range appeal. It’s the perfect “emergency” gift to have on hand in case you forgot someone and yet enjoy yourself if you covered all your bases. And lastly, one size fits all and doubles are fine! So whether you are invited to a
By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. The long-standing rule of matching wine and food – red wine with meat and white wine with fish – actually has a scientific explanation. Then again, I doubt too many people eat meat or fish without a compliment of side dishes…especially on such a gastronomic feast as Thanksgiving. So how do you pair the perfect wine for a meal that is a minefield of competing tastes and flavors? Eliminate
By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Officially, real port wine comes only from the Douro region in Portugal. Port is a fortified wine, which means it’s a wine that begins production like any other wine but brandy is added early to stop fermentation. This raises the alcohol level and leaves sugars un-fermented, resulting in a sweet wine. There are variations, but the most common are Ruby and Tawny. Ruby Port As you might guess